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Agrology Update Memo: COVID-19 Preparedness Plan

March 13, 2020

March 13, 2020

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As agrologists and professionals, shaking hands is good business etiquette. This is a difficult tradition to break - but really, it is okay not to shake hands.

From Seth Godin's blog:

In the future, of course, there are no handshakes. Star Trek, Star Wars, even Spaceballs… no one shakes hands.

And handshakes haven’t been the standard default for as long as we think–they were codified by the Quakers five hundred years ago, because they were thought to be more egalitarian than tipping a hat or bowing.

Today, of course, a handshake is often seen as a threat more than a disarming form of intimacy and equality.

In addition to being a vector for disease transmission, handshakes reward a certain sort of powerful personality and penalize people who might be disabled or uninterested in that sort of interaction. And judging people by the strength of their grip doesn’t make much sense anymore.

Until a week or two ago, demurring a proffered hand (how antiquated to use ‘demurring’ and ‘proffered’ in the same sentence) was seen as odd and a bit insulting. Today, it comes across as generous.

Add to this the fact that in a video call, there’s no way to shake hands. Hat tipping (or perhaps an informal Vulcan salute or simply a smile and a wave) might be making a comeback.

Orientation to Agrology Workshops

 April 15, 2020

April 14, 2020

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Six $1000 Branch Scholarships Available 

The Saskatchewan Institute of Agrologists understands that youth are the future of our industry. To support youth in achieving their career in agrology and related sectors, the Institute’s six branches are each awarding a scholarship of $1,000 to candidates who meet the eligibility requirements and demonstrate a desire to pursue a career in agrology.


Visit the SIA website to download the application.


Attention Articling Agrologists: If your milestones and relevant experience are complete, contact the Provincial Office to get access to the last step in the articling program, which is the Professionalism & Ethics online course and final exam.

Once you have completed all milestones including the P&E course and exam, submit the required reporting documents from the Articling Journal along with an online Full Member request to the provincial office. 

Your request will then be reviewed by the Admissions & Registration committee.

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SIA COVID-19 Preparedness Plan

2020 Convention & AGM

SIA has completed a risk assessment of the potential effects of the COVID-19 virus on our upcoming Convention and AGM set for April 1 and 2 at the Painted Hand Casino in Yorkton, SK. We will continue to monitor information from the World Health Organization, Health Canada, and the SK Ministry of Health.

We are assured by the venue that containment policies recommended by the SK provincial government agencies will be followed including sufficient access to hand-washing and sanitization. While we recognize the potential health risks posed by the COVID-19 virus, we have decided to proceed with the annual convention and AGM at this time.  

If a situation occurs, such as a provincial ban on gatherings, which causes the convention to be canceled, we will advise all registrants immediately.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the SIA office.
Ph: 306-242-2606




bRanch AGM updates

Please note: the Saskatoon Branch AGM is cancelled and will be rescheduled to a later date. If you have registered for the event, you can receive a credit for the future event or a refund. 


Saskatoon Branch, March 18, 5:00 pm 
Where: Travelodge, Saskatoon
Presentation: Fire! Creating Public Confidence in using Prescribed Fire as a Management Tool for Native Prairie,  with Renny Grilz PAg

The following branch events are still on:

Yorkton Branch, March 18, 5:00 pm
Where: Pattison Agriculture, Yorkton
Join the branch for pizza and networking!
Cost: $10/pp

Northwest Branch, March 20, 5:30 pm
Where: Table Mountain, near Battleford
Speaker: Eric Johnson PAg
Cost: $25/pp

Northeast Branch, March 25, 5:00 pm
Where: Recplex, Tisdale
Presentation: TBA
Cost: Free

Southwest Branch, March 26, 6:00 pm
Where: Houston Pizza, Swift Current
Cost: $10/pp

Click the button below for details and to register!

Are you an internationally trained agrologists?
The Ministry of Immigration & Career Training is piloting a workplace integrations support program

The Ministry of Immigration and Career Training through funding from the Government of Canada’s Foreign Credential Recognition Program (FCRP) is piloting a workplace integrations support program to assist 60 internationally trained professionals (ITPs) in select occupations to obtain three-months of Canadian work experience.

Many newcomer professionals report that even after obtaining their Canadian credential recognition, they still have difficulty obtaining their first Canadian job due to a lack of Canadian work experience.  At this time, we are seeking 10 provisionally or fully licensed ITPs who are interested in participating in a three-month paid work experience opportunity. Internationally trained agrologists with licensure from the SIA may be eligible to participate. 

We are also seeking employers who may be interested in participating.  A wage subsidy will be offered to eligible employers to offset onboarding costs and resources associated with hiring an ITP with no Canadian work experience.

Participant eligibility:

  • are internationally trained professionals,
  • have obtained provisional or full licensure from a Saskatchewan regulatory body,
  • are in good standing with the provincial regulator,
  • are legally entitled to work, and
  • have been unable to obtain or maintain employment in their profession in Saskatchewan.

Employer eligibility:

  • willing to provide a 3 month paid work term to an internationally trained professional who has no (or very little) Canadian work experience,
  • willing to provide the required orientation and onboarding supports to assist the ITP to integrate into their workplace; a wage subsidy will be offered to assist with these costs,
  • be in good standing with Labour Relations and Workplace Standards (ie; Labour Standards, WCB, OH&S),
  • agree to participate in the required evaluation requirements of the project, and
  • are willing to provide a reference letter for the participant based on their performance.

Interested participants and employers should contact:

Stella Juma-Anderson
Government of Saskatchewan
Labour Market – Intergovernmental
Ministry of Immigration and Career Training
Bus:  (306) 787-2729

the innovation 

Innovation Saskatchewan, in partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture, is asking technology entrepreneurs to develop a way for farmers, ranchers and agricultural workers to monitor their mental health. This latest Innovation Challenge aims to address a growing concern within Saskatchewan where calls to the farm stress line in 2018-2019 doubled from the previous year.

“Mental health is a concern within every industry but particularly acute in agriculture,” Minister Responsible for Innovation Saskatchewan Tina Beaudry-Mellor said. “Our government believes technology can provide help to farm families dealing with this complex and demanding issue.”

The Innovation Challenge, launched on March 5, asks for expressions of interest from Saskatchewan-based companies and entrepreneurs to answer the following: What technological solutions can assist Saskatchewan farmers in actively monitoring their mental health? 

Applicants have until April 30 to submit their solutions. After that, applicants that are shortlisted will be invited to pitch their ideas to a panel of industry experts. The winner will get $10,000 and a
16-week residency with the ministry and Innovation Saskatchewan to develop their idea. You’ll find the full news release here.

There are upcoming information sessions in Regina and Saskatoon on March 17 and March 19, respectively. Details for these sessions can be found here.

Please feel free to share this information with interested members and partners.

the exceptionally professional practitioner

John Spencer, PAg

Have you registered for the 2020 convention? There are many informative sessions and workshops planned for this year's event including John Spencer's session: How to Become The Exceptionally Professional Practitioner.

In this workshop, participants will learn how the profession of agrology demands integrity, competence, and objectivity in the conduct of its members while fulfilling their professional responsibilities to:

   - the public,
   - the employer or client,
   - the profession
   - and other agrologists. 

Remember Earlybird registration
ends MARCH 15!

Convention details are available on the SIA website.

featured agrologist

Lyle Cowell PAg
Manager, Agronomy Services
Nutrien Ag Solutions
Northeast, SK

Through training and direct support, Lyle ensures retail employees have the best agronomic information available.  He works directly with local producers to guide farm decisions and choices of products based on sound agronomic practices.
“As a professional agrologist (PAg), I always strive to provide good research to give customers my best, honest advice.” Read More

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provincial events

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SIA does not pre-determine or pre-approve CPD activities. Each member reports the events and activities that specifically support their declared scope of practice. 
How to Define and Report CPD

These opportunities are generally sorted into Agriculture & Food and Bioresources & Environment. However, there may be events and activities that cross sectors.    

Agriculture & Food    

PD Opportunities Websites

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Every member has the responsibility to ensure that the public interest is served by the competent and ethical practice of agrology.

If you are concerned about the conduct or competence of an individual practicing agrology, there are steps that are required before you register a complaint. Go to the Register a Complaint site for more information.


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